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LAWSUIT ACCUSES ANIMATION STUDIOS OF NO-POACHING SCHEME

September 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A class-action lawsuit accusing DreamWorks Animation, the Walt Disney Co. and other Hollywood studios of agreeing not to attempt to lure each other’s most talented artists and technicians was filed in San Jose on Monday. The complaint accuses the companies of engaging in anti-trust activity that had the effect of depriving workers of better wages and positions at other studios at a time when their work "achieved world renown and generated billions of dollars of revenue in the U.S. and abroad," the lawsuit claims. The official plaintiff is Robert A. Nitsch Jr., who worked at DreamWorks Animation from 2007-2011. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation, legal costs, plus a permanent injunction barring future anti-poaching agreements. Only Disney has commented on the lawsuit, issuing a statement saying: "We believe this complaint is utterly without merit and intend to defend against it vigorously."